Articles by: Liz Fleming
Is a travel writer with weekly columns in the Toronto Star, various other newspapers and tripatlas.com. She's a thrilled to be a blog contributor, and is inspired by the people she's met through White Oaks.

by / on May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm / in INSPIRE

Let’s Talk – Mental Health Week

So…let’s talk. May 6 kicks off the start of National Mental Health Week in Canada – following up on February’s Let’s Talk campaign, we’re dragging that issue right out of its dark corner where we can all deal with it. Good thing and about time. Statistics show that a sizable percentage of us will experience some form of mental illness [...]

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by / on April 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm / in FITNESS CLUB

Mind-Full-Ness

The other day, I did a yoga class with a new instructor who was very keen on mindfulness. Very, very keen. So keen, in fact, that he had us spend what felt like an hour standing and thinking about how our toes felt pressing into our mats, how our fingertips felt brushing against our yoga pants, how our hair felt [...]

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by / on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm / in INSPIRE

Listening Out Loud

You never know who’s listening… Be careful what you say….an inveterate eavesdropper like me might just be tuning in to every word. With the all time I spend in airports, train stations and coffee shops, waiting for flights, meetings or the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, I’m awash in a sea of other people’s loud [...]

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by / on January 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm / in FITNESS CLUB

Resolutions

Bet the locker room was packed this morning, wasn’t it? Just chock full of people trying to carry out their New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry. It won’t last. Studies show that the vast majority of us don’t keep the resolutions we make for more than a few days – a month at most. I know why. It’s because we resolve [...]

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by / on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in INSPIRE

Accidental Vacation

I caught a bridge the other day. You have to live in Niagara to know what that means. I’d been hurrying to a meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, rushing too quickly to notice the world around me. The gambler in me made choose to take Queenston Street instead of the highway and that was my undoing. A raised bridge put an end [...]

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by / on July 20, 2012 at 10:03 am / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara’s Bounty

I went to the grocery store the other day and had my attitude adjusted. Thought I’d pick up a bag of milk – it was $16.00 for three liters. Yup. And the bottle of ketchup I looked at was $14.99 – no kidding. And three, tiny, pale triangles of under-ripe watermelon on a Styrofoam tray? A stunning $3.99. Where was [...]

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by / on June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am / in HOTEL

Return of the Daredevil

Feel as if you’re having trouble finding balance in your life? Try trading places with Nik Wallenda. On June 15, Wallenda, the 33-year old Florida stuntman will saunter across the Niagara gorge, from the U.S. to the Canadian side, balancing on a two-inch wide tightrope. Although there have been other tightrope walkers who’ve challenged Niagara, none have gone straight across [...]

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by / on April 25, 2012 at 10:29 am / in HOTEL

Try Mindful Walking

“Look at that blue jay!” my father would say, slowing the family the car to a near standstill on the 401. “That’s the male. They’re the most beautiful, you know.” While he may not have won any awards for great driving habits and was probably the cause for my mother’s high blood pressure, my father never missed anything interesting the [...]

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by / on March 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm / in HOTEL

Backyard Tourist Fun

Play tourist in your own backyard! So…the kids are antsy and your fuse is getting shorter.  The whines in your worlds don’t go with cheese! They’re booooored. What is there to doooooooo? Plenty. Tell those little ingrates to be happy they’re living in one of the great vacation capitals of the world – and then prove that statement right by [...]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm / in DINING

Warm Up to Ice Wine

There’s a richness in our Niagara soil and a warmth in the air that produces some of the finest grapes in the world – and some of the best wines.  Sharing the same latitude with the wine-growing regions of France, Italy, Germany and Northern California, Niagara is home to more than 80 wineries – and they’re all eager to throw [...]

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